SCOOP: CLiNT Magazine – Mark Millar’s New Monthly Anthology Includes Kick Ass Sequel (UPDATE)

CLiNT is a new anthology magazine from Mark Millar. Published with Titan Magazines, it will feature a number of new comics, from the likes of British comedians Jonathan Ross and Frankie Boyle, as well as including the sequel to Kick Ass, Kick Ass Volume 2: Balls To The Wall by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr, appearing for the first time.

Mark Millar is calling the 100 page magazine “The Eagle for the 21st Century”and it will feature comic strips, interviews, features and more. He’s quoted as saying “I want this to be edgy and irreverent, the kind of thing guys will be passing around lunch-halls and common rooms, and there’s nobody I’d rather have creating new characters for CLiNT than Jonathan and Frankie. They’re both brilliant writers and will surprise a lot of people with this stuff. The last thing you’d expect from Jonathan, for example, is a vampire strip, but he pulls it off amazingly. People are going to love this.”

The Jonathan Ross strip will first serialise his Image comic Turf, drawn by Tommy Lee Edwards, before moving on to new material. The Frankie Boyle strip is likely to be the Hereditary/Project Bloodline concept about the descendant of FBI’s Top Ten Wanted supervillains on the run that Bleeding Cool previously rumoured.

Bleeding Cool recently gave a list of other creators expected to work on this project, based on a Guardian interview with Millar, including Russell T Davies, Armando Iannucci, Ian Rankin and Muriel Gray. Titan Magazines would only confirm Millar, Ross and Boyle as of now, however. UPDATE – Millar has stated that those other writers were people he was pushing into Marvel , CLiNT comic writers currently consist of Millar, Ross and Boyle.

The project will likely include the one page sci-fi humour strips Mark Millar was calling for from his website recently.

The first issue will go on sale in September in the UK and will be available for worldwide postal subscription. You can follow announcements on Twitter here.

It is likely the name of the magazine refers to whenever the word “CLINT” appeared in sixties comic books, poor quality pressed made it resemble another word of the four lettered variety.

And also, it’s quite a cool name for a magazine…

UPDATE: Mark Millar has posted on his site;

I’ve formed a business with Titan here in the UK (who distribute pretty much every comic you can imagine to newsagents, Tesco, Asda and so on) and we’re going to produce a new monthly comic that’s aimed squarely at the mainstream. This isn’t aimed at comic stores (though I’m delighted if comic stores want to stock), but instead aimed at the huge potential of a UK mass market, the like of which hasn’t really been reached in a generation. Newsagents and supermarkets don’t really care about regular pros like me, instead looking for brand names like movie titles and television personalities. Hence the reason I’m launching this with the Kick-Ass sequel and people like Frankie Boyle and Jonathan Ross.

It’s going to be a massive venture and one aimed almost entirely at the UK. If people in the US want a copy that’s great, but this is being put together with casual British readers in mind, a combination of comic-books, interviews and features for 16-30 year old men. It’s obviously massively exciting and I’ve been secretly working on it for a little while with some people I’m very excited about. Some huge names coming down the pipe-line and the cream of UK journalist talent like Steve O’Brien on for features and interviews. All in all, very cool and I’ll talk about this in a little more detail closer to the time. But this is one of the reasons I’ve been spending a lot of time in London lately. I want to make this big, a cultural phenomenon and a showcase in parts for the UK talent I don’t feel has a wide platform anymore here.